VILNIUS - Seven out of ten votes would go to Lithuania's incumbent President Gitanas Nauseda, if voters were to choose between him and Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte in a presidential election, according to new surveys by the 15min.lt news website
After combining the results of two surveys and summing up the answers of the respondents who said they would vote, the website predicts that if the two politicians were to face each other in the presidential runoff, 30 percent would support Simonyte and 70 percent would vote for Nauseda.
According to the Vilmorus live and telephone survey, 53.6 percent of respondents would have voted for Nauseda in October, while 14.3 percent would have voted for Simonyte. In July 2022, 47.6 percent would have supported the president and 16.4 percent would have voted for the prime minister.
According to the Nordstat online poll, 46 percent would vote for Nauseda and 28 percenr would pick Simonyte, compared to 34 and 29 percent respectively in July 2022.
BNS reminds that the Seimas is currently considering a proposal to hold a presidential election in Lithuania on May 12.
Simonyte has been nominated by the ruling conservative Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats. Meanwhile, Nauseda is yet to announce whether he will seek re-election.
Nauseda already faced Simonyte in the presidential runoff in 2019 and won after receiving 65.68 percent of votes against 33.04 percent of votes for Simonyte.